Three clubs collaborate for fundraising project and open day in June!


Save the date! Wonderful news of local Rotarians pulling together to complete a challenge!

A great trio from across Gedling Borough – Mapperley & Arnold Rotary, Carlton Rotary, and Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary – have taken on the challenge to raise funds to buy a minibus for Derrymount School in Arnold, Nottingham. The school serves youngsters with special needs from across the area.

The fundraising project is quite a challenge and they would welcome your help! They are looking for fundraising ideas and would value your time if you could work with them on this very important drive!

The three clubs have organised an open day for 24th June 2023 at Mapperley Plains Social Club Annexe for fun and fundraising and would love to see you there! They are looking for pioneers of a new style Rotary, ready to serve our community in a fun and very socially rewarding way. Please drop in!

Many thanks to Nexus Fostering who have kindly provided sponsorship.

As a district we are wholeheartedly supporting Derrymount School in their efforts to raise money for their much-wanted minibus. We have a dedicated bank account for the Derrymount School minibus into which you can send much appreciated donations.

Name on account – Rotary Club of Carlton

Type of account – Business

Sort Code – 20-55-68

Account number – 50444057

Ref – You may state here where the money is coming from if you wish! Or leave blank as an anonymous donation.

Find out more about the project by watching the video below!

Any questions, Susan Bye at Carlton Rotary would be happy to hear from you at

Please like and share the event on Facebook!

Tim Meek is a teacher at Derrymount School and has put together this video to highlight their valuable work. Please watch his video to see how you can help the school to maintain the high standard of education and experiences they provide. 

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DGE gets ready for End Polio Now Ride

Richard Vergette End Polio Now ride May 2023

Our next DG, Richard Vergette, from Isle of Axholme Rotary, is currently preparing to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. May 14th is the day! He intends to complete his journey on May 27th. Richard is raising money in aid of End Polio Now – part of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks to the work of the Rotary Foundation together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Polio has been eliminated in all but two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Many of you know that Richard’s father was a Polio survivor from the pandemic of 1947 and he will be cycling in his honour.

Contribute to Richard’s epic ride by supporting his cause easily online with Just Giving.

Thank you!

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Abbeydale Virtual Balloon Race

Abbeydale Rotary and Inner Wheel are entering a May Day virtual balloon race to raise funds for Aquabox, Whirlow Farm Trust and Sheffield Young Carers. It is a virtual race run by ecoracing using computer algorithms to determine the balloons positions.

Our race launches at midday on 1st May 2023 from Chicago and lasts 7 days.

Balloons can be purchased for £3 and you can buy as many as you like. You can customise your balloon’s shape, colour andhelium content and then track your customised balloons throughout the 7 day race as it moves subject to real life weather conditions.

The race is open to other organisations as well as Abbeydale Rotary.( ecoracing provide prizes to the overall winners:

  • 1st Prize – £100 Cash
  • 2nd Prize – Amazon Alexa/echo Dot 4th Generation)

Additionally we will also be providing prizes and vouchers for the 3 winning balloons purchased in support of our Abbeydale causes. For example Whirlow Farm will provide a Whirlow hamper for the competition.

You can also purchase a balloon as a gift for friends and family. So here is what we want you to do. Go to Ecoracing – Virtual Balloon Race for Charity & Fundraising

  1. Register/login
  2. Buy balloons through our page on the link(only £3 each).
  3. Decorate your balloon and choose what helium content and thickness may get your balloon to travel the furthest. This can be modified before the race.
  4. Watch the race start on 1st May at Midday.
  5. Login to track your balloons on their journey and see if any are in a winning position as many times as you want over the 7 days

Our fundraising target is £1500 to be divided by the 3 charities we are supporting.

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Report on Empowering Girls Project

Report by Val Leivers regarding DG Martyn’s project to empower girls in India

I have recently returned from my first visit to the school in Secunderabad since COVID and was able to meet the students and staff in their well-equipped vocational room. All the girls were busy and obviously really enjoying learning their new skills in tailoring.

I was impressed with the two teachers, who are also professional tailors when not instructing in school.

We currently have 42 girls on the course, 25 in year 9 and 17 in year 8 and it is hoped to increase the numbers before the end of the year.

The girls thought it was funny that I had difficulty using a treadle machine as I usually use an electric machine or hand sew. The green sari blouse I am wearing here was made for me by the girls.

The students receive a good academic education alongside their vocational instruction which provides them with valuable employment skills for the future. The students are learning all the basic tailoring skills needed and are already making clothes for themselves and family.

They can now make items for sale, such as cushions and bags to raise funds for the school.

When the first group complete their academic education next year, some may decide to start their own business. Who knows, some may be ready to teach alongside the teachers in the school?

I was delighted when, just before I left India, the girls presented me with a dress, shown below, which they had designed and tailored for me. Someone must have told them that my favorite colour is blue! 

Funds are still needed to sponsor girls who are waiting to be included on the course and take this excellent project into the future. Your support really has empowered these girls and given them a future, both academically and vocationally.

If your club would like a face-to-face presentation about this and other projects we have completed in India, I will be delighted to receive an invitation from you!

On behalf of Dr Prasad, the staff, the girls, and DG Martyn, I thank you for your support, it is really appreciated by so many.

Val Leivers, Rotary Club of Sherwood Sunrisers.

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Doncaster Winners announced for the Great Green Read

Doncaster student wins Great Green Read writing competition

Doncaster winners announced in local environment-themed writing competition as part of the city’s Great Green Read. 

Last autumn, children, families and schools across Doncaster were called on to read, write and take action around important environmental issues during the Great Green Read. 

Over 400 people entered the competition, capturing their ideas on how to improve the world we live in via letters, essays, leaflets and posters. They were judged by Doncaster Stories, the local campaign from the National Literacy Trust, and members of the Rotary Club.

The overall winner was 10 year old Selena Simelevic, from Saltersgate Junior School. She has won £750 towards developing her school’s outdoor Eco Zone, along with a large bundle of books for her to keep. 

Selena wrote a persuasive essay about the balance between humans and nature, and the importance of living in harmony with the world around us. Her entry asked important questions such as: How can we protect the environment in our daily life? What happens if we don’t protect the environment?

Running from September to December, the Great Green Read, explored eco-projects, creative writing challenges and author events including with award-winning sisters Amy and Ella Meek who founded the charity Kids Against Plastic and authored the book Be Climate Clever. Participants learned how to write persuasively about the environment and how to use their literacy skills to become change-makers in the local community.

Phil Sheppard, Doncaster Stories Hub Manager, said, “We hope that by taking part in the Great Green Read our local young people have learned how they can use their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to persuade others and change the world around them. There were so many inspiring entries and it’s clear to see that Doncaster is full of young people who want to make a difference.”

Phillip Wilbourn, Rotary District Environmental Lead, said, “This inspirational project has yielded a valuable insight into how young people at an early age are already worried about the world in which we live. Society would do well to listen to their concerns. Selena’s entry had a message for all of us: In the next few decades, we need to do something unprecedented to achieve a sustainable existence on earth. But how do we do it?”

The Great Green Read runners up were: 

  • Daisy Parkin, from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, who designed an A3 newsletter featuring important facts about the population, plastics, and how we pollute the planet
  • Ethan Jackson, from Bentley High Street Primary School, who wrote a letter to Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North and Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero.
  • Sofia Barker, from Tickhill Estfeld Primary School, who asked in a letter to all major supermarkets, to reduce the amount of items in plastic packaging they sell
  • Jacob Hughes, from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School wrote a persuasive letter from “Bluey” in the style of “The Day the Crayons Quit”

On Monday 20 March, Doncaster Stories and the Rotary Club of Doncaster St Leger will be presenting Selena and the rest of the runners up for the Great Green Read with their certificates at a special ceremony hosted at the Mansion House.

Doncaster Stories is a local campaign led by the National Literacy Trust, to help improve literacy levels across Doncaster. The campaign works with community organisations to promote reading for enjoyment amongst local children and young adults. 

If you would like to find out more about the campaign, please visit, or to get involved and volunteer, email

Read about this story also on the National Literacy Trust’s website.

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Join us w/c 6th Feb 2023 for a new kind of conference…

….just Themed Evenings on Zoom @ 19:00

Should one of the above dates be a Club Night, then make the evening your club evening!


Mon 6th Feb Empowering Girls—Val Leivers live from India

Tues 7th Feb Kids Against Plastic & The Great Green Read

Wed 8th Feb Social Media (with Alicia Reade, Twinkle Tec) & The White Ribbon Campaign

Thurs 9th Feb Oksana Tjupa from Rotary Kyiv International

Fri 10th Feb Gin O’ Clock Virtual Gin Tasting Cancelled due to lack of Support

Download the above flyer as a PDF below

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Rotary Young Citizen Awards 2022


Teenage sisters Amy Meek, aged 18, and Ella, aged 16, from Nottingham, who are campaigning for positive change to reduce single-use plastic, are the winners of the first ever Rotary Young Citizen Environmentalist Award 2022.

They set up their own charity Kids Against Plastic, aged 12 and 10, aimed at helping young people (and not so young people) to learn about environmental issues such as plastic pollution and the climate crisis. They now have more than 1,400 “Plastic Clever Schools” signed up to take action to reduce the amount of single-use plastics they use.

Through free resources, initiatives and their KAP Club, they aim to inspire and empower others into action. Here’s their website:

Amy said: “We have always had a love and appreciation for the planet and the environment which is one of the big reasons why we were driven to help protect it from the massive issue of plastic pollution and that’s why we set up our charity Kids Against Plastic.”

Amy and Ella received their award from BBC TV Presenter Ellie Crisell at the Rotary Young Citizen Awards Ceremony at the Volunteer Expo, hosted by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland at the NEC in Birmingham on 7th May. There were nominated by Carlton Rotary (Greater Nottingham).

The sisters said: “It’s such an honour and a surprise to have received the Rotary Young Citizen Environmentalist award! We’re so grateful for all of Rotary’s support of our charity and its initiatives – from working with our local district 1220 on our Plastic Clever Schools initiative, to speaking at last year’s Volunteer Expo – and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future. Thank you Rotary, and congratulations to the incredible other winners!”

Amy and Ella received British Empire Medals (BEM) in the New Year Honours for their voluntary service to the natural environment. Their efforts to reduce plastic pollution have been praised in Parliament and the sisters have also presented Newsround, Springwatch Live Academy and a TED talk to spread their message far and wide.

This new Rotary Young Citizen Environmentalist Award reflects Rotary International’s new area of focus on supporting the Environment. The Rotary Young Citizen Awards are celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year. They were started in 2007 to celebrate the amazing achievements of inspirational young people across Great Britain and Ireland, many of whom have assumed important responsibilities at a very young age. Nominations are put forward by Rotary Clubs.

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